The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Air Operations director Brig-Gen Datuk Rosni Aziz and six flight crew members left Subang Air Base at 10.30am in an Agusta Westland (AW 139) helicopter and arrived at Tioman Island Airport an hour later on Tuesday.
After picking up 60 pints of blood for delivery to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru, the helicopter landed at the Senai International Airport at 3pm. The mission was dubbed a mercy flight.
While the effort was noble, such use of national asset was unnecessary. It would have been more efficient to rally the people to donate blood at the Sultan Aminah Hospital or have it sent from the nearest hospitals.
When this is not possible in a small island or town in desperate need of blood and MMEA had come to the rescue, it may then be described as a mercy flight.
If residents of Tioman Island had responded to donate blood for patients of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in their hour of need, the action is certainly laudable.
In any case, every organisation worth its salt must have contingency plans in place to manage crisis well, and not resort to ad hoc or impromptu actions.
Source : Y S Chan@The Heat Malaysia Online